Departmental Safety and Health Management System

Our staff carry out duties in a wide range of working environments, from landfills to laboratories. Safety and health therefore are priorities and matters of great importance to the senior management.

Image of A fully protected staffconducting asbestos inspection work

A fully protected staff conducting asbestos inspection work

Image of Our staff conducting inspection work on a roadside following proper safety measures

Our staff conducting inspection work on a roadside following proper safety measures

Our Safety and Health Policy is as follows:

"We are committed to achieving a high standard of occupational safety and health for all our staff and protecting others who may be affected by our activities. We shall provide all necessary resources and employ sound management practices to implement our policy, and provide training, information and guidelines to our staff so that they are competent to perform their duties in a safe and healthy manner in the workplaces. Also, we shall pursue continual improvement in occupational safety and health by regularly reviewing our performance." (Endorsed in January 2017 by the Permanent Secretary for the Environment/Director of Environmental Protection.)

Departmental Safety Management System

To enhance communication and promotion of safety and health, the safety committee was reformed in May 1999 as the Departmental Safety and Health Committee, with members from staff representatives and the management. Special working groups were formed from time to time to work on specific safety and health issues and to prepare safety guidelines for use by staff.

In 1999, we were invited by Civil Services Bureau to join their Pilot Scheme on Safety Management System Implementation for which Occupational Safety and Health Council was appointed as the consultant to assist. The Pilot Scheme was completed in December 2000 after an audit by the Council which concluded that our safety management system had achieved Level 2 standard of the Council's four-level safety management system recognition programme, namely Continual Improvement Safety Programme Recognition of System (CISPROS). The CISPROS certification was renewed in 2008.

An induction session to new staff about the Department's safety and health management system

An induction session to new staff about
the Department's safety and health management system

Based on recommendations of the Council under the Pilot Scheme, we compiled our first version of Departmental Safety and Health Plan to systematically set out our safety management system covering our objectives, organizational arrangements, resources, practices and plans for implementation of various safety and health programmes. The Plan was issued in April 2001 after endorsement by the Departmental Safety and Health Committee and the management and, was revised in 2007. The Plan is used as basic reference on our safety management practices by both the line management and all staff, and is being implemented in all the Divisions, Groups and Units irrespective of the nature of their activities

In 2002, the Departmental Environment, Safety and Health Committee was formed by combining the Green Management Committee and the Departmental Safety and Health Committee. As part of our management system, safety inspections and audits in the workplace are carried out regularly with action plans prepared for improvement works. We also arrange safety and health training on various aspects tailored to the particular needs of our staff. In 2014, there were 88 training classes held with over 430 counts of attendance. Safety reminders and tips were sent to all staff on a daily basis through the internal intranet system. 



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